Training and Event Calendar
September – October 2013
|The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, a project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, brings you an interactive webinar:
Advocacy Opportunities in the Child Welfare System
will provide a detailed discussion of child protective services’ imperatives and timelines in cases of child abuse and neglect. Focusing on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, Nancy Miller* will map the legal procedures involved in dependency proceedings, including an overview of important timelines and mandates imposed on courts and child protection agencies by the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Ms. Miller will also explore opportunities for domestic violence advocates to assist victims of domestic violence as they navigate the complex and intimidating world of child protective services.
For more information and to register: http://www.ncdsv.org/images/NCJFCJ_Advocacy-Opportunities-in-the-CWS_9-23-2013.pdf
Part 2 of a 2 part series.
|At year-end 2007, there were more than 1.27 million women in prison or jail, or on parole or probation in the U.S. As of 2009, approximately two-thirds of women in state prison were incarcerated for non-violent offenses including drug, property, or public order offenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 3 in 10 women in the U.S. have experienced physical or sexual violence and/or stalking by a partner. Histories of economic and social marginality, substance abuse, mental illness, physical and sexual abuse in childhood and/or as an adult (including adulthood abusive families and battering relationships) have contributed to women’s criminal justice involvement. Connecting reentering women with community-based support services designed to deal with their unique challenges is critical to their long-term success.
For more information and to register: http://www.ncdsv.org/images/NCDBW_Women-at-the-crossroads-Parts-1-and-2_9-2013.pdf
A strangulation assault may leave no visible external injuries such as bruises or marks. Over 50-80% of strangulation victims do not present visible, external injuries. While external signs and symptoms of strangulation may be difficult to detect to the naked eye, new technology is available to assist and detect underlying physical injuries incurred from a strangulation assault. This technology can also be applied to other areas of the body where bruises or injury may not be visible.
During this webinar, the presenters will discuss Alternative Light Source (ALS) technology and Negative Filter software programs used with digital camera systems and explore how they might be used in examining victims who have been strangled or beaten. ALS technology may be used to identify many types of evidence that would otherwise go undetected under standard lighting conditions or in daylight, such as semen, urine, blood, teeth marks, and fingerprints.
The presenters will also review research conducted to investigate how such technology has been used in cases involving strangulation and other forms of injury for increased identification, and discuss the potential outcomes and challenges associated with using this technology for evidence gathering purposes. Case examples will also be presented and resources provided, for current research using ALS for documentation of injury.
For more information and to register: https://www.evawintl.org/WebinarDetail.aspx?webinarid=3
Because We Have Daughters (BWHD) is a powerful tool for engaging men in the work to end violence against women and girls. In this webinar, Lee Giordano of Men Stopping Violence joins Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center to illustrate the importance of engaging men to reaching our broader goals of eliminating male violence against women and creating safer communities for women and girls. We will then provide an overview of the Because We Have Daughters program including a discussion of the 7 foundational core values and expected outcomes of the program.
More information and to register: http://www.ncdsv.org/images/MSV-TC_Because-We-Have-Daughters_9-25-2013.pdf
In this training, faculty will discuss: the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and the need for creative advocacy; how to craft a housing advocacy plan for your community; where federal and state housing policy “sits” at the local level and how to influence its implementation; and strategies for choosing partners in your plan to advocate for meaningful solutions.
Faculty for this session will feature Catherine Trapani, HousingLink Director at New Destiny Housing in New York City.
This webinar is open to LAV and Rural grantees, as well as all other nonprofit service providers who work to enhance advocacy for survivors of domestic violence.
For more information and to register: https://csaj.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=csaj
In February, The Sentencing Project released the report, The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration, written by Marc Mauer. This webinar, presented by the report’s author, will discuss the major findings of the report including how from 2000 to 2009 there was a dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women’s prison population and that incarceration rates for African-Americans dropped sharply from 2000 to 2009, especially for women, while the rate of imprisonment for whites and Hispanics rose over the same decade. The declining rates for African-Americans represent a significant shift in the racial makeup of America’s prisons and suggest that the disparities that have long characterized the prison population may be starting to diminish. Mr. Mauer will discuss reasons for these changes in racial disparity among women in prison and offer recommendations needed in order to better understand the possible reasons for the changes and to address racial disparities in the use of incarceration.
For more information and to register: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=344
Criminal no-contact orders and civil protection orders are in place for many defendants/respondents who are under the supervision of probation/parole departments. This teleconference explores the role probation/parole officers can play in keeping victims safe while highlighting supervision efforts that can be made by other allied professionals. Through discussion of the types of orders, how and where violations are enforced, and the obligations required, the participants will learn about the unique role that probation/parole employees play in keeping a survivor safe, while discussing options available when jurisdictions do not have probation/parole staff available to assist in supervision for protection order respondents/defendants.
For more information and to register: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=346
Faculty will explore the various ways that critical systems have historically betrayed the trust of battered women and sexual assault survivors. The three institutions examined in this webinar are higher education, the U.S. military and the criminal legal system. In failing to institute and implement protections contained in law and policy, these institutions have breached the social contract made with survivors. The broken promises publicized by the institutions, promises of justice, opportunity, safety, and accountability, have induced survivors to step up and out, taking risks to safeguard themselves and their children and to escape the violence and coercive controls of their assailants. The betrayal of the faith invested in these institutions by survivors has too frequently placed them in enhanced peril, and has sometimes compromised the relationships of advocates with the survivors they serve. Faculty will explore both the betrayals and strategies to end the systemic failings/malfeasance of these critical systems.
For more information and to register: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=345
The Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) is pleased to announce a webinar on the current use of risk assessment tools in the criminal justice and advocacy response to intimate partner violence (IPV) cases. There will also be a specific discussion about IPV cases involving military personnel and veteran perpetrators. How often do you hear people say there is a higher rate of IPV and a higher incidence of lethal IPV among the military and veteran populations? Is this true? Are military and veteran-related cases of IPV more dangerous? Is there a relationship between military and/or combat experience and the level of risk and danger? Are there different risk factors for lethality and re-offense when a perpetrator has served in the military and had combat experience? Do advocates and other providers need to use different models and risk and danger assessment tools/instruments when working with the military and veteran populations?
For more information and to register: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=350
Specialized experts in the identification, investigation, and documentation of strangulation in intimate partner violence cases will cover the following:
Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
Resources and handouts from the Training Institute
Understanding the lethality of strangulation
Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases
Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims
Investigating and documenting a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation case for prosecution
NO COST TO ATTEND!
REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
CLE & CEU Credit approval is pending!